"Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound, both aloud and inside the head of the reader. You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Helen Dunmore on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Helen Dunmore on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Helen Dunmore on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Helen Dunmore on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Helen Dunmore on Robert Frost